This week, King County lifted the requirement for bars and restaurants to verify proof of vaccination. But some owners say they don’t plan to stop checking just yet.
SEATTLE — King County has officially lifted a mandate requiring restaurants, bars and certain other businesses to check for proof of vaccinations before customers enter. However, some local spots say they still plan to require proof at this time.
The Octopus Bar in Wallingford is one of them.
“What I want people to know at home is that it’s not us who are saying that because you think that way, we don’t want you here; at the end of the day, we want you to everyone be here,” said general manager Keeley Gislason.
Gislason said they want everyone to come and feel comfortable, but their priority is the health, safety and comfort level of their staff.
“Obviously, we’re not scientists or medical professionals, but that’s what got us this far without any major incidents, so we have to stick with it,” she said. declared.
She and her colleagues are hoping someday soon COVID and vaccinations won’t be a factor.
“And hopefully then it’s all gone and everyone can come back and we never have to talk about it again – but it just doesn’t seem like it is yet,” Gislason said.
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It’s just one of many Seattle restaurants that have posted on social media that they plan to continue checking for vaccination evidence.
Gislason said they weren’t trying to make anyone feel uncomfortable and hoped customers would be receptive and understanding.
“When you run a bar you try to avoid politics at all costs because alcohol and politics are dangerous, but for us it’s all about staff safety first and foremost,” Gislason said.
Gislason said The Octopus Bar had to close for two weeks in December as cases skyrocketed after she fell ill and the rest of the staff followed.
“So just to be on the safe side we closed for a couple of weeks and surprise all of a sudden they tell us we can get rid of the vax cards but it’s like we just closed yesterday,” he said. she declared.
They expect to let the mask mandate go, given that people tend to take their masks off once they eat or drink anyway, and they hope to end the vaccination requirement when everyone will be comfortable. But for now, they hope people will support them and respect their staff.
“Whatever hyper-awareness I had of the staff before, that’s even more the case, because I mean when this vaccine mandate started, we had door guys who had just been reprimanded, everything was quite difficult,” Gislason said. “We went through this and the last thing I’m going to do is go back and start over.”